Renewable Energy Scheme
Community partners Brendon Energy (project lead) and GO-OP Train have been awarded a grant from the Rural Communities Energy Fund. The purpose of the funding is to carry out a feasibility study to understand options for renewable energy solutions to power sus-tainable transport options in Bishops Lydeard.
The initial need came from GO-OP Train, whose ambition is to connect Somerset train stations with Swindon and significantly improve connectivity for many parts of Somerset. Working with WSR, there are also discussions about connecting Bishops Lydeard station to the national rail network.
GO-OP is also working towards operating the UK’s first regional battery powered trains. To power the battery, it needs significant energy to charge. While the local substation has scope for supplying electric vehicle charging points, without additional renewable energy sources, it wouldn’t always be coming from green sources.
Working with Somerset based community energy specialists, Brendon Energy, the vision is a renewable power installation connected to an energy storage solution (acting like a large battery). The battery would be sited by Bishops Lydeard station so that GO-OP trains could recharge before setting off on their next journeys. However, other uses of the charging point might include electric buses, a charger for privately owned electric cars or an electric car-hire service.
The storage and use of the power generated on site provides an innovative exemplar for how renewable power can sustainably and efficiently contribute to the country’s future en-ergy needs.
Your Feedback is Sought / Community Engagement
The next step is to test the feasibility of the proposal; this will be carried out by sustainable energy experts Dulas. Dulas will be looking at issues such as planning constraints and technical and financial feasibility. Alongside this work, the partners would like to hear from residents, it is important to understand how the local community feels about the proposal. See below for how you can have your say.
About the Partners
The project has communities, equality, and sustainability at its heart. Brendon Energy, lead partner, is a Renewable Energy Community Benefit Co-operative, owned by its local members. It already operates 12 solar power stations in Somerset on community buildings (schools, village halls etc) which benefit from the free power produced. All profits feed into community funds, supporting local assets, clubs and services. More information is available at https://brendonenergy.org/
GO-OP is a multi-stakeholder Co-operative Society whose mission is to reduce the social and environmental impacts of travel by providing mutually owned, high-quality, and inclusive transport services. More details of the proposed new service can be found at http://www.go-op.coop/train/
Have your say
A short survey has been created so that you can express your views and/or register an interest in the scheme as it develops.
Head to https://brendonenergy.org/, to have your say and complete our short survey.
Or write to us at Brendon Energy, 10 East Reach, Taunton, TA1 3EW, or call 0300 456 2265, by 12th September.